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by Terry Pratchett
Daphne Timeline & Summary
Daphne—birth name: Ermintrude Fanshaw—Is the sole survivor aboard the Sweet Judy, a ship that's crashed on an island during a wave. Clever and brave, Daphne makes friends with the island's sole wave survivor: a boy named Mau. Over time, more and more people arrive on the island, including a very, very pregnant woman, whom Daphne assists in giving birth. When Mau passes out from exhaustion and almost dies, Daphne has to save him by allowing Mrs. Gurgle to kill her. Temporarily. One day, Mau, Daphne, and Ataba rolls back the stone that guards the Grandfather's cave and go inside. There they find a giant stone statue hundreds of thousands years old, proving Mau's people were some of the earliest, most advanced people on Earth. They leave the tunnel only to come face-to-face with Foxlip and Polegrave, two of the mutineers from the Sweet Judy. Daphne poisons Foxlip (accidentally-on-purpose), and smashes Polegrave's face with a bowl. After Mau defeats their leader, First Mate Cox, in a duel, Daphne's father, the king, arrives on the island. Daphne shows her father the wonderful island and convinces him to preserve it, its people, and its integrity. She sails away with her father back to England. Flash-forward years later, and we see that Daphne was a good and wise queen. When she died, they shipped her body back to the island to be laid at rest at the bottom of the sea, next to Mau.